Supporting clients in the private, public and third sectors

FWB has deep experience within a wide range of sectors and for each of these we have designated sector leader and support staff. 

We are also agile enough to work across these sectors and are when required to draw candidates, experiences, learnings, and insights to generate multi sectorial candidate pools.

The sectors we operate in are below.

Built Environment and Support Services

Building top teams

With population growth, the demand for housing and the supporting infrastructure, the importance of the built environment and the people that create it has never been more critical. Increasing numbers of people mean more demand for more homes, hospitals, schools and offices – with all the infrastructure required to support them. We work in partnership with a wide range of clients across the building and civil engineering sectors including housing, public infrastructure, and transportation and the practice works closely with colleagues in the energy team - particularly utilities.

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Empowering fresh approaches to consumers

Digitisation and new disruptive models have transformed the nature of consumer behaviour over the past decade. Understanding those changes and the challenges they bring is essential to securing the diversity of talent needed to succeed in this increasingly competitive and complex sector. Our consumer practice has built a global track record working with clients everywhere from India to New York and the Caribbean to New Zealand. Our reputation for identifying and attracting the brightest and best talent in the sector has earned us the position of being a preferred supplier for many of the world’s market-leading, as well as some of its more disruptive, consumer goods and services brands.

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Energy Transition

Putting all our energies behind yours

Our energy practice has over 30 years of experience within the sector. They can trace their origins back to Park Brown Ltd, an Executive Search business which was acquired by FWB in 2015. Today our energy practice deploys its highly effective, collaborative approach to support businesses working in energy transition and renewables as well as being trusted partners of oil and gas companies operating in both domestic and international markets.

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Engineering and Manufacturing

Sourcing top talent to take advantage of the changing global industrial climate

As the sector experiences increasing growth and investment, engineering and manufacturing businesses seek leaders with the agility and international experience to take advantage of rapid changes in the global industrial climate. As a result of these changes, industrial businesses of all sizes have often evolved to have significantly different structures from just a decade ago. More diverse, less formal, business-models with flatter, more fluid organisational structures mean that finding people with the skill and talent to lead and inspire, has never been more important.

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Financial Services

A wealth of financial expertise

From global financial institutions and regulatory bodies to member associations and emerging fintech, we provide dynamic support to some of the world’s largest and best-known financial institutions. Our financial teams’ expertise is also widely drawn upon to help smaller entrepreneurial organisations expansion plans and utilised for scale-ups across the private equity backed financial services market.

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Private Equity and Venture Capital

Venturing further

Our Private Equity & Venture Capital practice works with some of the most influential local and international investors and investor-backed businesses. A highly collaborative approach and the depth of our intelligence and expertise in this area have helped this become one of the key sectors for our business and we now enjoy the trust of many key players in the industry. Whether you’re looking for direct recruitment for teams of investors, directors, partners or non-executives; management due diligence as part of the deals process; or assisting with the identification of top talent for investee and portfolio businesses, we have the talent to deliver.

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Professional Services

Where talent is everything

From global management consultancies to boutique legal and accountancy services, the UK professional services sector is among the largest and most influential in the world. Maintaining the talent that has earned the UK that enviable position is critical to the performance of both the individual professional service businesses and to our national economy to which the sector makes a huge contribution.  Our depth of knowledge and experience of the sector means our Professional Services Practice are well-placed to support your business whether we are advising on fundraising or the sale of a business to talent acquisition and retention.

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Public Sector and Not For Profit

Unleashing your potential to serve the greater good

In a world of rapid social change and existential global challenges, the pressures on public sector bodies and not-for profit organisations to drive change has never been greater. That requires talented leadership, and we are widely trusted to deliver it. We are fully accredited by Crown Commercial Services across all three of its frameworks. Consequently, we support clients across local and national government, defence, health & social care, infrastructure and education, providing guidance on attracting and retaining talent with remuneration benchmarking and insights. Our skills and expertise are also highly valued by increasing numbers of charities, NGOs, trade unions and arts and heritage organisations as well as associations and other professional bodies.

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Technology and Life Sciences

Passionate about progress and change

We help some of the world’s fastest-growing technology and life sciences businesses attract the best talent and design and develop the game-changing technologies needed. Competition for talent in this field is fiercer than ever before, as more and more industries turn to technology to meet the challenges they face. As leadership requirements become more specialised, technology more advanced, and customers more global, securing the right executives to drive your company’s success is more complex than ever.

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